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That's not how old our parents were when they got married. That's how many years they have been married!
On August 5, 1989 our dad, David, was 22 and our mom, Lillian, was 20 when they were married. Their beautiful ceremony was held in the Luso American Church located in Fall River, MA and was followed by a reception at the now closed West Valley Inn, RI. Their reception had 650 guests - talk about a celebration!
wedding picture
Our mom calls it the "wedding I had dreamed of my whole life". Smiling, she remembers the pastor who officiated the ceremony was from Brazil and didn't speak English. He had ministered to both my parents since they were little. Our grandfather walked our mom down the long aisle of the old, beautiful church and the reception lasted until midnight!
 
Their first night was spent in their apartment and then they left for their honeymoon. First stop: Cooperstown, NY followed by Lake George and then the rest of their time was spent at Kangamangus Inn, NH. 
dave and lily on a date
We asked our mom what advice she would share with soon to be or newly married couples and she said "I believe it starts before saying "I do". Make a list of what you want in a person. Faith and family was important to me. I love God so he had to, also. And I wanted a lot of children and he had to be my best friend. God is so important in a successful marriage. There are a lot of happy times and those are easy times but for those hard times, God was such an important part. Reading the Word and getting guidance from the Bible helped us through the hard times. The quote "a successful marriage takes falling in love many times, with the same person" is so true." She finished with, "go on dates. Go parking. [Ew, mom!] Seek similar interests. Encourage one and other. Laugh at each other and cry with each other." Looking for more advice? She says to listen to Love Like Crazy by Lee Brice. 
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Speaking of crazy, in honor of our amazing parents, we are offering a second chance sale! If you missed the first on their actual anniversary, then you're in luck! Today only you can take 28% off your entire purchase (before taxes and shipping).